A Groom of One's Own (Writing Girl Series #1)

A Groom of One's Own (Writing Girl Series #1)

by Maya Rodale

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A wonderfully fresh and vibrant new voice in historical romance, Maya Rodale is warmly welcomed into the Avon family with A Groom of One’s Own, the first book in her delightful Writing Girls series. A delectable tale of an intrepid lady journalist in Regency England who discovers the handsome the duke of her dreams…when she’s assigned to cover his upcoming wedding!  Eloisa James has called this author’s work, “Dazzlingly sexy,” and with A Groom of One’s Own, Maya Rodale takes her rightful place among the most talented and exciting of the new generation of historical romance writers.

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ISBN-13: 9780061922985
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/29/2010
Series: Writing Girls Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 512,546
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence, and it wasn't long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Groom of One's Own (Writing Girl Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
WHSpecial More than 1 year ago
I read a lot of regency romance. I love the time period and I love a good love story. This is not one. The characters have no real personalities, the story was unrealistic and frankly boring. She repeated the same problem over and over again. The characters were in love after he saved her from being hit by a carriage and they went for a walk after?? What? It was stupid. Even that I could put aside but it wasn't a cute story. The characters were two-dimensional and I couldn't really see what the attraction was between them because there was nothing about them I really knew. Besides he was a duke and had responsibilities and she was a writer and therefore scandalous. That is it! There are so many great authors out there who write characters who are well-rounded and love stories that are sweet and funny. I thought the concept for this had so much potential, but this fell short! Read something else, I promise this will disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honor or action? I choose action! Historical romances are a favorite of mine and this book fell perfectly into that genre. I truly enjoyed this book. I finished reading at 3:45 am (I had work in the morning). I couldn't put it down!
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
OMG I loved this book. This is the 1st book by this author that I have read and I plan to read more. Sophie and Brandon are great characters. I also like there friends and relatives. this is a very romantic story.
K-Dubois More than 1 year ago
A Groom of One's Own is the first novel by Rodale I've read and I adored it. It was like having a mini-vacation every time I opened it up. It's a pretty straightforward set-up: Sophie Harlowe gets jilted at the altar, finds work in London writing about weddings for a tabloid, falls for a duke whose wedding preparations she's covering for the paper, and shenanigans ensue. But Sophie is adorable, the duke is incredibly appealing, and the shenanigans are delivered with such sublimely dry wit, I enjoyed every moment of it. A secondary romance between the duke's betrothed and a fabulously romantic foreign prince adds to the fun. Rodale has a light touch and wonderful comic timing. Also, Sophie and her duke's kisses are some of the most delectable I've read in historical romance novels. The moment I finished the book I ordered the next two in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Characters were so indecisive that after a while I didn't care and just wanted it to end!
NatalieMH More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely for the Romance genre. It's filled with romantic tension and leads you on a merry chase to the end. You can hardly wait to see if love can overcome the honor of a duke. Not for a book club but delightful reading. Check out other books by this author.
willowNE More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, I'm now reading another in the searies. Good .
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1822 at the church in Buckinghamshire, the man she is engaged to marry Matthew Fletcher breaks off their relationship saying marriage is a commitment. Stunned, Sophie Harlow writes off marriage. Thus it is ironic because one year after her disavowal of marital bliss and her fall from grace, she obtains a position as one of the four Writing Girls; her column is Miss Harlow's Marriage in High Life for the London Weekly. For the Weekly, Sophie covers the wedding of the Duke of Hamilton Brandon to Lady Clarissa, daughter of the Duke of Richmond. She would like to beg off because she is very attracted to the groom, but must attend if she is to keep her job. To her amazement the Duke appears to want her and to both their shock, the bride seems more interested in a foreign prince. However, the quartet is all honorable people so no one will take that critical first step to disentangle the wrong pairings into the loving relationships. The first Writing Girl's Regency romance is a screwball comedy of errors that feels like combing Sheridan's The School for Scandal with a 1930s madcap movie inside a regency romance. The story line is fast-paced throughout as the quartet dance to love but with the wrong partners. Maya Rodale provides a wonderfully zany historical with three other Writing Girls to go. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 3 months ago
Really liked how spunky Sophia was and how she brought her duke out of his comfort zone.
reesa00 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brandon is a duke engaged to be married. He meets Sophie who will be writing about his wedding for a London newspaper. They spend most of the book attracted to each other and wanting to be together but not willing to do anything about it. After reading over 100 pages of this being repeated over and over I didn't think they deserved to be together. A disappointing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title says it all. The beginning was a bit slow and counting down to the wedding day contributed to this I think. But and about 40% Mark things picked up and I couldn't stop reading until I got to the end. I can't wait to read the next few books about the rest of the writing girls.
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AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Note: this review is based on an audio edition of the book. Carolyn Morris is a wonderful narrator and this is the first time I’ve had the pleasure of hearing her. This is the first book in the fun Writing Girls’ series and, though Maya Rodale’s writing is engaging, witty, and energetic, I felt the road to happily ever after a bit arduous. And I’m not at all too sure about the hero never really and truly making his choice but rather, having it made for him very conveniently. I also thought the ending a little silly and completely unrealistic. But I love Maya Rodale’s voice and she is one of my favorite historical romance writers. Her humor is infectious and I can guarantee her books will always make me laugh and smile. But I have mixed feelings about this book. The big thing is that I just didn’t much care for either Sophie or Brandon. They fall in lust at first sight and, though Sophie was left at the altar herself, she dreams of nothing but Brandon leaving his fiancée for her. Not very nice. And Clarissa, Brandon’s dutiful fiancée, is a very nice young woman. I actually like her more than Sophie. Sophie and Brandon’s love story is okay but I never quite feel the passion. And after awhile, Brandon really gets on my nerves with his indecisiveness. He is so honorable that he will not break his engagement to a woman he doesn’t love, yet he lusts after Sophie throughout the entire book. To his credit, however, he doesn’t ask Sophie to be his mistress or dally with her behind his fiancée’s back. However, I do like the secondary love story between Clarissa and her German prince. Morris’s German accent for him sounds a bit older than his age but I don’t know if that is the narrator’s fault or merely the inflection of the German accent. All of the voices are easily distinguishable and spot-on: the haughty and snide nasally tones of Lady Richmond, Brandon’s quiet and graceful mother, Lady Hamilton, and Sophie’s intelligent and level-headed friend, Julianna who, incidentally, disapproves of Sophie’s romance with Brandon. I look forward to listening to Carolyn Morris narrate Julianna’s story (Sophie’s Writing Girl friend) in A Tale of Two Lovers.
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A heroine with some self-respect and a wry sense of humor.
gardenialace More than 1 year ago
Lots of sex, again and again, and teasing sex, again and again, so much so it actually got boring! Hey, maybe it's just me...but I ended up skipping whole passages of the same thing...
Alanna1520 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. It was the first one that I had read by this author, and I will certainly read more. I think the writing girl series is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since this book was on sale, I decided to give it a go. Glad I didn't spend much on it. After being jilted at the altar, Sophie moves to London and becomes a writer. Ironically, her job is to cover society weddings. There, she meets the man of her dreams who is set to marry a woman in love with someone else. Predictably, everyone figures it out before it's too late. The only thing interesting, really, is that the heroine has a job. It was a nice spin on the typical regency romance. 
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Koala63 More than 1 year ago
Bought 3 of this authors books, they were soo good. Cannot wait for the 4th one!
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